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Brazilian fans flip for U.S. teen

SAO PAULO, Brazil — An American teenager is making a splash in Brazilian women’s soccer.

Leah Lynn Gabriela Fortune, a 17-year-old who speaks very little Portuguese and goes to school in the U.S., is attracting a lot of attention as a member of Brazil’s Under-20 squad.

Not only is Fortune an American playing for Brazil, she also uses a novel throw-in move that has made the highlight reels in sports shows across Brazil. The green-eyed blonde has dual citizenship after being born in Brazil to American parents.

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